Monday, January 10, 2011

Diggedy, diggedy, iggedy dead end: Das EFX and 15 other hip-hop revolutions that weren’t

Diggedy, diggedy, iggedy dead end: Das EFX and 15 other hip-hop revolutions that weren’t | Music | Inventory | The A.V. Club:


1. Das EFX made such a profound impact in 1992 with its debut album, Dead Serious, and early hits like “They Want EFX” that audiences could be forgiven for imagining that the future of hip-hop resided in dreadlocked MCs spitting tongue-twisting, borderline-nonsensical, pop-culture-infused rhymes at a machine-gun clip, a la Das EFX’s Krazy Drayzy and Skoob. The duo’s homemade wordplay, ubiquitous use of nonsense phrases like “iggedy,” and lyrical dexterity looked for a short while like a revolutionary new movement in hip-hop, as acts like Fu-Schnickens and even a young, pre-Reasonable Doubt Jay-Z “borrowed” Das EFX’s radical new style. It was not to be, however; though Das EFX scored another gold album with 1993’s Straight Up Sewaside, it ultimately proved to be a faddish dead end.
Chiggedy check the record, check the record, check the duo's rap record. (If Das EFX had recorded with The Fall instead of Ice Cube?)

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